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Feb 10, 2013 6:00pm EST
discussing immigration. later, president obama speaking in leesburg, >> our guest on "newsmakers" is representative chris van hollen. he is a senior democrat on the budget committee. his district has several contractors waiting on the result of the sequestration. we are speaking to you on friday afternoon and you have just returned from a democratic retreat. nancy cook is the tax and budget reporter for the "national journal." lori montgomery is with "the washington post." lori, you're up first. >> house democrats have prepared their own bill for dealing with the rest of the fiscal year. tax increases, republicans have said they will not go for any tax increases. everyone thinks the sequester is a bad idea. what is the plan to forge a compromise? >> we want to ask the republicans to take a balanced approach and i think there is growing pressure among other republicans to replace the sequester through a combination of cuts that take place over a longer time because they do not want to harm the economy in the short term even as you try to reduce the deficit in the long term. also b
Feb 10, 2013 10:00am EST
the senate to put out a budget, and it would be the first time since obama cost first year in budget that we -- in office -- first year in office that we would have a democratic budget, and the theory is if we can get these visions on the table we could have a discussion and maybe we even use the budget conference committee process as a vehicle to hash all of this down -- all out. they do not really have a plan for the next step, which is to solve the actual problem because if you have a balanced budget plan from the house here, hard to see how we get to the compromise. >> even the democrats remain divided. the president is still ok with certain things the rest of the democrats are not, like cpi and cuts to medicare. house republicans and liberal democrats do not see them as politically palatable. those are issues that democrats will have to face because the congressional budget office reports show health care costs will rise given the number of baby boomers that will take advantage of federal programs and the democrats have yet to talk about ways in which they would really, honestly, be wil
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